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Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Blog |

Big Ideas in Multisite Central Support | Leadership Network Blog

Big Ideas in Multisite Central Support | Leadership Network Blog

I’ve just added the second post in a series of three on multisite central support on the Leadership Network blog.  This series is based on the Multisite Central Support InnovationLab I am directing for 6 churches from around the country (and Canada!).  In this post I share a few of the ‘big ideas’ that teams took away from our time together.  You can read Big Ideas in Multisite Central Support in its entirety.  There is an excerpt below. Moving Beyond “With” The move to central support is part of the overall shift from a church with multiple sites to a multisite church.  During the meeting, Jim Tomberlin reminded us that only 15% of the more than 5000 multisite churches make this shift, largely due to the organizational and philosophical changes that need to take place for success.  Most multisite churches are content with 2-3 locations because the majority of support for the satellite campuses can be handled relatively well by existing staff at the original campus (although long-term sustainability...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Women in a Male-Dominated World

Women in a Male-Dominated World

Syndicated Guest Post: For several years, I had the privilege of serving on the pastoral staff team of a small church. I was the only woman. The men I worked with were incredibly gracious and worked hard to include me, regardless of my gender. And I’m so thankful for all the ways God used our team as we ministered together. But some churches aren’t as gracious toward women in leadership roles. If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’re the only woman in a leadership position at your church, you’ll appreciate “Making the Most of Your Role” from our sister ministry, Gifted for Leadership. Give it a quick read and consider how to make the most of your role in a trying situation. What tips do you have for other women in this position? Share with us...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Blog, Kingdom |

Big Challenges, Big Questions in Multisite Central Support | LN Blog

Big Challenges, Big Questions in Multisite Central Support | LN Blog

I just posted a new article on the Leadership Network blog regarding the launch of our first Multisite Central Support InnovationLab.  We’ve brought together a great group of churches that are passionate about reaching their communities through multisite.  Below is an except from the article.  Be sure and read all of Big Challenges, Big Questions in Multisite Ministry, as well as the follow up posts that will come next week. Last week we gathered our first group of six churches for the Multisite Central Support InnovationLab here in Dallas.  These 6 churches came from 2 countries, 4 states (and 1 province), and represent 18 total sites with almost 20,000 in weekend worship attendance.  Together they brought a combined vision of over 20 additional sites and thousands more reached for the Gospel over the next few years.  What can we learn from their experience? We spent two days getting to know each team, understanding their current realities, exploring new ideas and best practices, and launching these teams forward with strategic...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Ever notice how well music can set the mood? Bring the power of music to your small-group meetings. Playing upbeat worship music as you gather and catch up sets the tone for praise. Playing Christmas music during a holiday gathering sets the tone for festive fun. And playing slow, meaningful songs during your meeting sets the tone for serious reflection. To help you set the tone for your next meeting, SmallGroups.com has been creating some free playlists for you on Grooveshark. We’ll be adding more playlists in the coming weeks. Our first playlist for you is our Confession and Forgiveness playlist, which is perfect to use with Fiery Forgiveness, an activity on confession and forgiveness from Keri Wyatt Kent. Use our free playlists at your next meeting, and let us know what you...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Not Just for a Few

Not Just for a Few

Sometimes when we hear the word “missional,” we immediately assume it’s for someone else—someone who is gifted in evangelism or someone who has extensive ties to the non-Christian community. But Scott Nelson says that’s not what missional living is about. Instead, every Christian can participate in everyday missional living. We just have to be intentional, looking for ways to be God’s love in the world. In his article in The Meaning of Missional, Scott shares several stories of average, everyday Christians looking for ordinary ways to impact their communities. One woman joined a local gym and works out with the same, non-Christian women each week. A man spends time playing Uno with a handicapped woman. A high school teacher loves on her students. Family members build deep friendships with their neighbors. We can all live missionally right where we are—as long as we’re being intentional. Read Scott’s article today. Then share with us below: How you are and your small group seeking to impact your...

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